“We had the happy chance to connect with Maria for a major refresh in our Great Room. She listened and understood our intentions. Although we were unsure on specifics, Maria had an immediate vision. She gently led us in a new direction, gaining our trust as she explained why a certain piece or fabric would work best. It is always a joy to see someone doing what they were born to do. Maria was born to design!” Maureen Orbe
“Maria is extremely talented in interior design. She listens carefully to what the client envisions and then helps make that vision a reality. Sometimes we had difficulty envisioning parts of our project and Maria was still able to create, knowing what we liked. She is able to “think outside the box” as well. Sometimes suggestions looked foreign to my way of thinking, but they were spot on when implemented into the design. Our house flows beautifully from one room to the next in color, texture, furniture choice/size, etc.; she loves to finish a room with unique accessories as well, to present a “complete” look. She is delightful to work with–one can’t go wrong in choosing her to design for you. ” Steve W.
“Maria was a pleasure to work with. She has an exceptional sense of style and an ability to personalize the design experience to meet the varying tastes and budgets of her clients. Maria designed my living room, dining room, and foyer. I constantly receive compliments on the beautiful pieces! Thank you, Maria! You transformed my home into a masterpiece.” Kate Clark
This project involved complete design services for the interior of an 1853 house in Elsah, Illinois that is listed on the National Historic Register. It was begun in 2009 and completed gradually as funds were available through 2013. The project included complete redecoration and furnishing of a garage apartment. Maria DeGange was both efficient and patient and willing to work with me on the schedule I needed. She was sensitive both to cost considerations and to my tastes and provided good alternatives when requested. She worked extremely well with my construction supervisor, who very much appreciated her approach and that she gave good advice while not being overly directive according to her own personal views. Everything provided is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and feels right with a very pleasant home atmosphere. We have close to 300 people coming through the house annually for a Christmas season open house. The most frequent comments center on the beauty and exceptional coordination of the design in the living room and apartment, the two areas to benefit most from her work.” Duncan Charters, PhD
“Maria worked on two projects at my house, one large and one small. The large one required moderate reconstruction and she acted as the general contractor on the project. She worked around my very irregular schedule. The project was completed on time, despite some time-consuming delays beyond her control. She had thoughtful and helpful ideas, some of which some may think were slightly out of the box, but which really worked. This now larger room is now the favorite in my house, where I spend most of my time. She freshened two adjacent rooms at the same time, with all melding with the topography of my lot. The second smaller project is also very satisfying. She made use of some existing furnishings and rugs, indicating a concern for economics, and worked these existing items seamlessly into the decor. Perhaps the best recommendation that I can give is that I will have Maria for my next project.” Dr. R. Smith
Maria did a fantastic job designing the interior of our new home. My wife and I couldn’t agree on what to do, so we contacted Maria, hoping for a combination designer and intercessor/referee.
She did such a great job. We wanted to change the style of furniture for the new house but didn’t know where or how to begin. Maria sure did. Her suggestions were just what we had hoped for and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
Thanks, Maria. We love you! Steve & Rosemary R
Maria worked with me to design my entire house in Florida while it was being built and I was living out of the state. The design is nearly complete now and I am so thrilled with the results. From the furniture selection, fabric coordination to shades and chandeliers, Maria planned it all. I met with her several times over the planning period and then we coordinated choices of fabric, furniture and rugs via email. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with the results. Karen B.
Maria designed a custom home for us. My husband & i were blown away every meeting that she captivated our needs every single time. Her attention to detail in every viewpoint is amazing. We immensely enjoy our space & enjoyed working with Maria. Our custom home just sold and the buyer insisted to buy the Home completely furnished,That’s just how good Maria’s design is. We look forward to working with Maria on our future upcoming project. Suzi Jones
My experience working with Maria has been absolutely amazing! I met Maria shortly after moving into my dream home. I had all the space that I ever wanted and no idea what to do with it! Maria was and has been extremely patient, kind and creative! She has transformed my house to a beautiful, airy, livable, elegant magazine worthy home! I am bragging! My home is gorgeous! Staci Suggs DDS
We found Maria on Houzz with great reviews, only fitting that we give her the same. We completely furnished a new home in Jacksonville while we were in NC for 6 months. Maria made it all possible with email and a few phone calls. Loving our furniture selections, window treatments are to die for! She works with very good team of drapery/installation folks. Highly recommend! Lynn Sneed
Maria was and is a tremendous help making our new home “us” with an elegant Florida feel. From the first day we met she has gone above and beyond with every detail furnishing our new Florida home. Her professionalism, attention to detail, constant communication and active listening sets her apart from other designers. We could not wish for a more wonderful and talented person to work with, especially with us making many decisions from Kansas City. Ann & Paul
I have enjoyed working with Maria and expect to hire her again as I get closer to the renovation of my condo. I would highly recommend her as she is very easy to work with, has wonderful ideas/suggestions, listens to your vision, maintains your budgetary constraints and always has your project in mind should she feel it might need a minor adjustment. She made me feel like I had someone watching out for my best interest. Thank you Maria! HeleneMaglaris
“Maria DeGange makes it happen! Maria carefully listens to her clients, then applies her professional design talent, knowledge, experience and expertise with the result being a room design that you will love! I hired Maria because the rooms in my home did not feel pulled together. We were transitioning from traditional to classic-contemporary but I wanted to keep my family keepsakes, travel mementos, and my traditional dining room furniture. Maria listened to our concerns and then went to work! She worked within our busy schedule, even at times long distance, always with an emphasis on practicality which we love, and never loosing sight of our personal ideas, dreams, decorating style and budget. Maria works fast, finding the perfect fabrics, paintings, furniture and fixtures, then ordering, scheduling and expert delivery. She took care of every detail!” Madeline Young
“Maria developed a tremendous plan for our residential project.
She came in exactly on budget and schedule. No job is without delays, but Maria guided us to alternatives that turned out to be equal to the original, keeping us again on time and budget. She is on top of the latest offerings from the best and most trustworthy sources. Without doubt we will be using her on our next project.” Cindy P.
“I have worked with Maria on several projects – Formal Dining Room, Living Room, Kitchen and Breakfast Room in two different homes. She has a wonderful sense of style and I value her opinion. Anyone that comes to my home loves what she puts together. Maria can visualize things I would not even think of, while combining what you want to see in your home. She is usually right in whatever she recommends. She just has a flair and is extremely dedicated to her work.
Maria gets a 5 ++++ star from me. If you want style and eclectic she is your girl, although her talents are limitless and encompass all styles.” SueM
“Maria helped us patiently find just the right size and design for our space. Then gave us many options of high quality coverings, and recommended just the right accent pieces. They had an excellent grasp of our style and taste, and seemed to know all the right questions to ask us. We were delighted with the results.” Becky and Dave